The multidrug-resistant strain of Salmonella, which has weakened hundreds, has been linked to soft cheese and Mexican-style beef, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in a warning this week.
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The illnesses are mostly related to soft cheeses bought in Mexico and beef in the United States, officials said.
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Approximately 43 percent of patients reported having reported having previously reported, that a number of them also recalled eating soft cheese and beef before being infected.
In fact, "among patients traveling to Mexico with food consumption information, 87 [percent] report eating beef, and 63 [percent] report eating soft cheese; among them 79 [percent] recall the receipt of cheese in Mexico, "says the CDC.
In particular, many patients report eating stereo fresco – a soft cheese, usually prepared with raw unpasteurized cow or goat milk – before  At this outbreak, "cheese consumption and consumption of beef are both linked to disease, indicating that dairy cattle are a likely source of these infections," says CDC.
"Reported consumption of stereo fresco, travel to different regions of Mexico and discovering indistinguishable USD Newport languages in beef and cheese suggest that contamination of soft cheese is the result of transportation of cattle rather than poor hygiene during cheese production. Dairy cattle are often used as a source of ground beef and have been implicated in previous [multidrug-resistant] outbreaks in Newport. "
No specific brands identified.
The strain that" appears "because it was not detected before 2016, according to the CDC, is resistant to azithromycin and ciprofloxacin, two antibiotics commonly prescribed to patients with severe salmon infections come.
Salmonella symptoms usually develop 12 to 72 hours after exposure to bacteria, with most people developing diarrhea. , fever and stomach cramps. The disease usually lasts four to seven days and most people recover without treatment.
"In some people, the disease can be so severe that the patient has to be hospitalized," according to the CDC. "Salmonella infection can spread from the gut to the bloodstream, and then elsewhere in the body."
Federal health officials say children under 5, pregnant women, age 65 and older, and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to have a serious illness.
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The CDC estimates that salmonella causes about 1.2 million diseases, 23,000 hospitalizations, and 450 deaths in the United States each year. Food is the source of about 1 million of these diseases.
To prevent infection, especially in this case, the CDC warns that consumers should avoid the soft cheese made with unpasteurized milk. Beef must also be cooked to the right temperature. According to the CDC, "145 ° F for steaks and roasts, followed by a 3-minute rest period and 160 ° F for ground beef or burgers."
In addition, "avoiding unnecessary use of antibiotics in cattle" can also help prevent of multidrug resistant Salmonella strains, the agency added.
Tracis Fedshun of Fox News contributed to this report.